Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Installations Regulations (SOR/95-191)

Regulations are current to 2014-12-08 and last amended on 2009-12-31. Previous Versions

Innovations for Installations

 The design of an installation shall not involve the use of any design method, material, joining technique, or construction technique that has not previously been used in comparable situations, unless

  • (a) there have been engineering studies or prototype or model tests that demonstrate the adequacy of the method, material or technique; and

  • (b) the operator implements a performance monitoring and inspection program that is designed to permit the determination of the correctness of the method, material or technique.

Removal and Abandonment of Fixed Production Installations

 Where the removal of a fixed production installation is a condition of a development plan approval, the operator shall incorporate in the design of the installation such measures as are necessary to facilitate its removal from the site without causing a significant effect on navigation or the marine environment.

Concept Safety Analysis for Production Installations

  •  (1) Every operator shall, at the time the operator applies for a development plan approval in respect of a production installation, submit to the Chief a concept safety analysis of the installation in accordance with subsection (5), that considers all components and all activities associated with each phase in the life of the production installation, including the construction, installation, operation and removal phases.

  • (2) The concept safety analysis referred to in subsection (1) shall

    • (a) be planned and conducted in such a manner that the results form part of the basis for decisions that affect the level of safety for all activities associated with each phase in the life of the production installation; and

    • (b) take into consideration the quality assurance program selected in accordance with section 4.

  • (3) Target levels of safety for the risk to life and the risk of damage to the environment associated with all activities within each phase of the life of the production installation shall be defined and shall be submitted to the Chief at the time the operator applies for a development plan approval.

  • (4) The target levels of safety referred to in subsection (3) shall be based on assessments that are

    • (a) quantitative, where it can be demonstrated that input data are available in the quantity and of the quality necessary to demonstrate the reliability of the results; and

    • (b) qualitative, where quantitative assessment methods are inappropriate or not suitable.

  • (5) The concept safety analysis referred to in subsection (1) shall include

    • (a) for each potential accident, a determination of the probability or susceptibility of its occurrence and its potential consequences without taking into account the plans and measures described in paragraphs (b) to (d);

    • (b) for each potential accident, contingency plans designed to avoid the occurrence of, mitigate or withstand the accident;

    • (c) for each potential accident, personnel safety measures designed to

      • (i) protect, from risk to life, all personnel outside the immediate vicinity of the accident site,

      • (ii) provide for the safe and organized evacuation of all personnel from the production installation, where the accident could lead to an uncontrollable situation,

      • (iii) provide for a safe location for personnel until evacuation procedures can be implemented, where the accident could lead to an uncontrollable situation, and

      • (iv) ensure that the control station, communications facilities or alarm facilities directly involved in the response to the accident remain operational throughout the time that personnel are at risk;

    • (d) for each potential accident, appropriate measures designed to minimize the risk of damage to the environment;

    • (e) for each potential accident, an assessment of the determination referred to in paragraph (a) and of the implementation of the plans and measures described in paragraphs (b) to (d);

    • (f) a determination of the effects of any potential additional risks resulting from the implementation of the plans and measures described in paragraphs (b) to (d); and

    • (g) a definition of the situations and conditions and of the changes in operating procedures and practices that would necessitate an update of the concept safety analysis.

  • (6) The determinations and assessments required by paragraphs (5)(a) and (e), respectively, shall be

    • (a) quantitative, where it can be demonstrated that input data is available in the quantity and of the quality necessary to demonstrate reliability of the results; and

    • (b) qualitative, where quantitative assessment methods are inappropriate or not suitable.

  • (7) The plans and measures identified under paragraphs (5)(b) to (d) shall be designed to ensure that the target levels of safety as defined pursuant to subsection (3) are met.

  • (8) The operator shall maintain and update the concept safety analysis referred to in subsection (1) in accordance with the definition of situations, conditions and changes referred to in paragraph (5)(g) to reflect operational experience, changes in activity or advances in technology.